Why Website Accessibility Matters

Courts may consider this decision a precedent beyond the federal government. Organizations in Ontario (under the AODA)—and across the country—should think about these factors

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1842

discrimination, Assault and battery Because a Veteran Who is Disabled Uses a Service Dog

By Robert C. Taylor

The National Park Service has violated my Civil Rights, caused physical injury, pain, suffering. They have cause both my wife and me embarrassment, humiliation and ruined our vacation.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2689

New Device to Translate Sign Language into Audible Words

Sign language translation technology MyVoice may finally eliminate the communication barrier between those who can hear and those who can’t

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2686

Specialized Transportation Service and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

by Karen McCall

In a recent flurry of activity in the County of Brant over the specialized transportation service which has been operating without a contract for about a year, several issues related to the Integrated Accessibility Standards Part IV – Transportation came to light.

The specialized transportation service in the County of Brant is taxi-based. The municipality is too small in population for a fixed route transit system and the municipality covers a large distance. Taxi-based Para Transit or specialized transportation service is more cost-effective, or at least it was.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1839

Accessibility News June 16,2012 Update

Inclusive Media and Design Inc is a proud supporter of Accessibility News.

Inclusive is ready to caption and video describe all your video for web, DVD, and computer desktop. They can also assist you in understanding and implementing Ontario’s AODA Integrated Standards’ media requirements.

Visit www.inclusivemedia.ca to find out more.

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In this Issue

*Restaurant Owners: Get Listed on Google’s First Page with an Accessible Menu
*Severely Disabled Toronto Man Has Rich Life Thanks to Home Care
*I Have No Rights??
*Alberta Man with Service Dog Says He was Told to Leave McDonald’s
*Government intervenes to allow British Police Officer Peter Threlfall Into Country
*Six Reasons Why Hiring Disabled Good for Business
*Legal Uncertainties Hamper Technology Access by Disabled People
*The Canadian Transportation Agency Launches a New Resource Tool for the Carriage of Mobility Aids

Severely Disabled Toronto Man Has Rich Life Thanks to Home Care

By Catherine Porter
Columnist

“If we don’t take care of the most vulnerable, what hope is there for rest of us?”

Gabre West, 35, in wheelchair, enjoys a subway ride with Ryan Blakely. West has cerebral palsy, and extreme epilepsy, and he is blind. His mother has developped a routine of attendants who take him out every day to volunteer and drum and ride the subway.

I Have No Rights??

By Sandy Wilson
June 15, 2012

NO ONE WILL LISTEN.

NO LAWYER WILL ADVISE ME. NOT EVEN LEGAL AID.

NO ONE WILL ADVOCATE FOR ME.

YOU KNOW MY LABEL BUT YOU DO NOT KNOW ME AND THAT IS NOT FAIR!!!

I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO UNDERSTAND WHY IT IS THAT MY VOICE IS NOT BEING HEARD. WHY AM I NOT IMPORTANT? IS THIS BECAUSE MY MENTAL HEALTH IS IN QUESTION?

Restaurant Owners: Get Listed on Google’s First Page with an Accessible Menu

Getting your Restaurant ranked high in a search engine will undoubtedly increase your customer base and after all, in this digital age of
accessibility getting your Restaurant in the top 10 is not only good for business, you are also
complying with the AODA.

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http://www.amenu.ca/restaurant-owners-get-listed-on-googles-first-page-with-an-accessible-menu/

Alberta Man with Service Dog Says He was Told to Leave McDonald’s

But owner of restaurant says man left voluntarily

An Alberta man with a permanent brain injury says a manager kicked him out of a McDonald’s restaurant on Monday because he claimed that customers were complaining about his service dog.

“Your dog stinks and everybody is writing letters to me,” John Dignard says he was told by the manager of the McDonald’s in Wetaskiwin, Alta. “I’m tired of it and I want you to leave.”

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2682

Government intervenes to allow British Police Officer Peter Threlfall Into Country

THE Immigration Minister has ordered his department to allow British policeman Peter Threlfall and his family into Australia.
Chris Bowen’s intervention followed revelations in The Advertiser yesterday that the family had been denied visas because Mr Threlfall’s 25-year-old step-daughter, Sarah, has autism.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2678